New QCEC Executive Director Announced

16/02/2015

The Most Rev Mark Coleridge, Metropolitan Archbishop of Brisbane has announced on behalf of the Bishops of the Province, the appointment of Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM as the new Executive Director, Queensland Catholic Education Commission from 27 July 2015.This appointment follows the decision in June 2014 by the current Executive Director, Mike Byrne to retire in June 2015.

Dr Perry is currently Principal of All Hallows’ School, Brisbane, and has provided outstanding leadership to that community since 1999. Prior to taking up that appointment, Dr Perry served as Principal of Mt Alvernia College, Kedron (1993-1998) and of Mt Carmel College, Wynnum (1990-1992), following a teaching career in state and Catholic schools both in New South Wales and Queensland.

Dr Perry holds a Doctor of Education from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master of Education, Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Christian Leadership.

In 2009 Dr Perry was appointed as the Catholic Religious Australia (Queensland) representative on the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and is currently Deputy Chair of the Commission. Over many years she has also served the Commission as a member of the QCEC Finance Committee, Executive Committee, Industrial Relations Committee and Political Action Advisory Subcommittee.

In 2014 Dr Perry was awarded the Member (AM) of the Order of Australia and in 2011 was recognised as an outstanding leader by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. Dr Perry was also awarded Woman of the Year (Brisbane Zonta 2009) and received an Australian Government National Award for Quality Schooling and Excellence as a Principal (2007).

Dr Perry has also held a number of leadership roles with professional associations as executive member and president of the Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools, Queensland and the Mercy Secondary Educators Association (Australasia) and founding Board Member of the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) 2004-2006.

Dr. Perry’s appointment is an outstanding one for the Commission. I am confident that she will provide very strong and distinguished leadership to the Commission to help guide it through its future challenges. Her appointment will ensure that the Commission is well placed to continue to provide the best possible educational opportunities for the students in our Catholic schools.

At this time, I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership Mike Byrne has provided as Executive Director of the Commission over the last nine years. Catholic education in Queensland has been very well positioned to go forward as a result of his valued leadership. His appointment will continue until 29 May 2015.

There will be appropriate opportunities to thank and farewell Mike Byrne much closer to his retirement date.

Emeritus Professor Peter W Sheehan AO, Chair